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Discussing Marijuana

Shubam Garg
Dept. of Architecture & Planning,
IIT Roorkee
What is Marijuana ?
Cannabis Sativa Dry Flowers Marijuana
Cannabis Sativa Buds Hand Crushed Charas

Cannabis Sativa Hemp Bhang

In other Words

Cannabis Sativa

Not Banned


# Cultural Reasons
Things you have been studying for last 4
years in Architecture

# Site Context
India culture...India culture...India culture
Cultural context should not be disturbed...bla bla

“Bhog ka Prasad, Mahadev ka prasad...”

# Cultural Reasons
Atharva Vedas XI 6.15
Chapter 11
Verk No. 6
Verse No. 15

“One of the five most sacred plants on earth is this…

It’s a source of happiness…
It's a joy giver...”
# Cultural Reasons
Hindu Mythology
Lord Shiva's association with Ganja
God is absolute. He is all powerful and supreme. He is the
source of all energy and he does not need any input from
outside to be able to function or act. In fact, since he is all
pervasive, there is nothing which is not him. All that we
see in the material universe are nothing other than his
Why Banned then?
It was all good until 1985 when Marijuana was
legal in India, until Rajiv Gandhi's government
banned it under America's pressure.
What America’s Pressure?
In UN Convention 1961,
Marijuana was categorised
First of all, IT’S NOT SYNTHETIC
In the early '80s,
American society was grappling with
some drug problems
Opinion had grown against the
"excesses" of the
hippie generation
US has been campaigning for a
global law against all drugs, both
hard and soft
Rajiv Gandhi enacted a law called the
Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances
(NDPS) Act which included
In India Marijuana
Banned since then ...
US Govt
Removed the Ban…
but our still persists
Why America
removed the ban ?
Very Smart
US Govt itself is
Celebrating its benefits
What are the benefits?
May help reverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco and improve lung health

It can help control epileptic seizures.

A chemical found in marijuana stops cancer from spreading.

It may decrease anxiety.

THC slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

The drug eases the pain of Multiple Sclerosis.

Other types of muscle spasms could be helped too.

lessens side-effects from treating hepatitis C and increases treatment effectiveness.

Marijuana treats inflammatory bowel diseases.

It relieves arthritis discomfort.

It keeps you skinny and helps your metabolism.

It improves the symptoms of Lupus, an autoimmune disorder.

While not really a health benefit, marijuana spurs creativity in the brain.

Marijuana might be able to eliminate Chron's diseases

Marijuana helps veterans suffering from PTSD.

Marijuana protects the brain after a stroke

It might protect the brain from concussions and trauma

It can help eliminate nightmares

Weed reduces some of the awful pain and nausea from chemo, and appetite.

Marijuana can help people trying to cut back on drinking

It can be used to treat Glaucoma.

Go Green
Legalize it